Otane Arts and Crafts sale com­ing

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Hun­dreds are ex­pected to at­tend O¯ tane Arts and Crafts Cor­ner’s an­nual three-day ex­hi­bi­tion and sale this com­ing Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

Most of the 130 mem­bers from the art so­ci­ety’s six groups have con­trib­uted works for this year’s Art Deco-themed ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be held at the group’s head­quar­ters in­side the old O¯ tane School on the cor­ner of Hig­gin­son and White Rds.

An of­fi­cial open­ing will be held on Thurs­day be­fore it opens to the pub­lic from 10am-4pm each day from Fri­day to Sun­day.

Pres­i­dent Robyn Burn said the ex­hi­bi­tion and sale of patch­work items, em­broi­dery, woollen ar­ti­cles, art, mo­saics, pa­per craft items, as well as plants and home­grown pro­duce at­tracted peo­ple from all over.

“Over the three days I would say that we’d get be­tween 150 to 200 peo­ple through the ex­hi­bi­tion. We get pass­ing traf­fic call­ing in and from fur­ther afield, we of­ten have groups of patch work­ers from Palmer­ston North, Mar­ton and Taupo¯ at­tend,” she said.

Around 70 guests had been in­vited to at­tend the ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, and would get an early pre­view of the items for sale, she said.

“Like An­tique Fairs, these peo­ple like to have the first look at what’s on sale, be­fore we are open to the pub­lic on Fri­day morn­ing.”

Robyn said Diane Ry­der was this year’s guest ex­hibitor with her nee­dle-felted an­i­mals in the wool room, with the ex­hi­bi­tion spread through­out the four rooms of the build­ing, she said.

“It can be pretty full, with items from the six groups. The last few years we have served Devon­shire Teas in the hall­way, and this has proved very pop­u­lar.”

Pro­ceeds from the ex­hi­bi­tion go to the up­keep of the art group’s head­quar­ters, the old O¯ tane School, which opened in 1900. When it was about to be de­mol­ished, a so­ci­ety was formed and the build­ing was vested to the CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil, which leased it to the so­ci­ety.

An arts cen­tre was of­fi­cially opened on Sep­tem­ber 1, 1970 and later in 2001, the build­ing was bought by O¯ tane Arts and Crafts Cor­ner from the coun­cil for a nom­i­nal price of $1.

“Over the lat­ter years we have raised funds and ap­plied to for grants for main­te­nance on the build­ing, in­side and out, to keep the build­ing in good re­pair,” Robyn said.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call 06 856 8506 or search for them on Face­book.

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BIT OF EVERY­THING: O¯ tane Arts and Craft Cor­ner’s ex­hi­bi­tion this week­end will fea­ture every­thing from patch­work to Devon­shire Teas.

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